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Dr. Randall J. Webb, '65, '66 


Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni: 

^^^^ J^ ^^^1 ^^^ ^'^^^ semester has been a good one for your alma mater as 

^^^^^■^^H we continue to grow both in size and in academic reputation. 
^^^^^^*-^^^ This semester. Northwestern had a record enrollment of 

10,546. the fifth consecutive year of record enrollment. These 
consistent increases are no accident. Our faculty, staff and alumni, led by the Office of 
Enrollment Services, work extremely hard to identify good students and tell them 
about the positive experiences available at NSU. 

Once those students enroll, they encounter a dedicated faculty committed to 
excellence in the classroom along with a caring staff that works to meet their needs. 

Recently. Northwestern hosted the International Symposium on Interdisciplinary 
Science (ISIS). The keynote speaker was Nobel Laureate Dr. Murray Gell-Mann, who 
earned the Nobel Prize in physics in 1969. Scientists from around the world attended 
this conference and discussed how scientists in different fields could work together. 

Hosting a gathering of this type gave prestige to Northwestern. Many of our 
students were also able to attend this conference and learn from leading scientists. We 
hope this event will lead to future grants and research opportunities for the university. 

By next fall, we hope to have a new 380-bed residence hall on cainpus. The new 
facility will be between Iberville Hall and the Teacher Education Center and should 
encourage our students to live on campus. This new residence hall is part of a plan to 
improve campus housing over the next several years. There are more details on the 
residence hall in this edition of the Alumni Columns. 

I am glad that so many of you were able to participate in Homecoming activities 
in October Having a large number of alumni take the time to return to campus and 
visit old friends is gratifying. It was also an honor for me to be able to recognize this 
year's inductees into the Long Purple Line along with the recipients of the President's 
Distinguished Service Award, the Excellence in Teaching Award and those named to 
the Hall of Distinguished Educators. The selflessness and dedication to others shown 
by these individuals makes me proud to be associated with this fine university. 

Dr. Chris Maggio, '85, '91 

Director Alumni and Development 

Dear Fellow Alumni and Friends. 

This past October 14 - 16 we celebrated Homecoming 2004. 
For those who were able to attend, I think that you will agree that it 
was a magical weekend. The weather was beautiful, enthusiasm 
soared, school spirit permeated the atmosphere and much to the delight of the students, 
fans and alumni, we won the football game. 

We reminisced about bygone times. The 1954 football team shared stories of 
gridiron victories, our retired faculty and staff visited about former students and issues 
during their times at NSU. and a sense of pride swelled in many as they viewed 
achievements and progress that the university has made. 

Several areas of progress can be seen as you visit the campus. We are happy to 
announce that the completion of our Wellness, Recreation and Activity Center is just 
around the corner. This gem. located in the center of campus, will bolster student life 
tremendously. A new housing complex has just been approved by our Board and 
impending construction signals further progress. 

These "bricks and mortar" projects, as well as the academic and technological 
advances at NSU, signify the great strides our university is making. These advances 
along with the For a Brighter Tomorrow Capital Campaign and continued student 
success will allow us to enjoy many more magical Homecomings like the one this past 

Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of 

Northwestern State University 

Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Organized in 1884 

A member of CASE 

Volume XrV Number 4 Winter 2004 

The Alumni Columns (USPS 015480) is published 

4 times a year by Northwestern State University, 

Natchitoches, Louisiana, 71497-0002 

Periodicals Postage Paid at Natchitoches, La., 

and at additional mailing offices. 

POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the 

Alumni Columns Northwestern State University, 

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Alumni Office Phone: 318-357-4414 

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President Jimmy Williams 

Shreveport, 1955, 1960 

Vice President Mike Sawrie 

Winnfield, 1993 

Secretary-Treasurer Jerry Brungart 

Alexandria, 1972 

Executive Director Dn Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches, 1985, 1991 


Brandon Scott Andrews Baton Rouge, 1992 

Dane Broussard Houston.Texas, 1986 

Jerry Brungart Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 

Tommy Chester Arcadia, 1969 

Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974, 1975 

Adrian Howard Arlington, Texas, 1989 

Gail Jones Natchez, 1981, 1998 

Matt Koury Leesville, 1995 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Carroll Long Tyler, Texas, 1970 

David Morgan Austin, Texas, 1973 

Kip Patrick .'. Shreveport, 1995 

K. Michael Sawrie Alexandria, 1972 

Dr B.L. Shaw Shreveport, 1955, 1960 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964 

Rick Walmsley Covington, 1985 

Ginger Wiggins Jackson, Miss., 1986 

J. Michael Wilburn Shreveport, 1975 

Jimmy Williams Winnfield, 1993 


Mindy McConnell Natchitoches 

SGA President 

The Alumni Columns is published in 

spring, summer, fall and winter 


Dr Chris Maggio, 1985, 1991 


Jennifer Wilbanks Anderson, 1997 


Leah Pilcher Jackson, 1994 

David West 

Doug Ireland, 1986 


Gary Hardamon 


Beth McPherson Mann, 1975 

NSU Press Publications Office 

Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commis- 
sion on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and 
Schools ( 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: 
Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associate, Bac- 
calaureate. Master's, Specialist and Doctorate degrees. 

Cover: Renderings of the new dormitory are from the architectural drawings of 
BOKA Powell. Permission to copy was received from Century Development. 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of Louisi- 
ana not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, 
sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational pro- 
grams, activities or employment practices. 

Alumni News 


ew residence haU planned; 
facility should keep more students on campus 

Campus housing at Northwestern State 
University will take a major step forward next fall 
as the university has received approval from the 
Louisiana Board of Regents and Board of 
Supervisors for the University of Louisiana 
System to construct a 380-bed privatized 
residence hall on the Natchitoches campus. 

The residence hall will be located behind 
Iberville Dining Hall near the Teacher Education 
Center and the Health and Human Performance 
Building. The facility should be ready for 
occupancy in time for the fall 2005 semester. 

"This proposal is a major step toward improving campus 
housing at Northwestern," said NSU President Dr. Randall J. 
Webb. "There is a need on the campus for more modern 
housing facilities that are attractive to prospective students 
and their parents." 

Northwestern has selected Century 
Development Corporation of Houston to build 
and manage the residence hall. Century 
Development operates the University Columns 
Apartments on campus, which were constructed 
in 1994. 

The complex will include a clubhouse/office, 
swimming pool and games area, Internet and 
cable connections, laundry facility and parking 

lot. Each unit will include a kitchenette and small 
living area. The developer was requested to 
consider the historical architecture of the campus 
reflected in buildings such as Russell Hall, 
Warren Easton Hall and Caldwell Hall. A fire 
destroyed Caldwell Hall in the early I980"s. 

"This development is important to recruiting 
and to retention of students." said NSU Vice 
President for Student Affairs Dr. Dan Seymour, 
who has overseen the project. "We are eager to 
update our campus housing program, so there is 
an option for every level of student." 

Seymour said the new facility would be a 
"modified residence hall," with 30 two-bedroom/ 
two-bathroom units for four students and 1 26 
two-bedroom/two-bathroom units for two 
students. The residence hall will have some 
features of an apartment, but will not include a 
full kitchen. Students who live in the facility will 
be required to purchase a campus meal plan. 
Residents will also not have to pay for utilities 

"I think the new residence hall is good for 
Northwestern," said Jamie Webb, a sophomore 
journalism major from Gretna. "It will be an 
excellent recruiting tool. For students already on 
campus, it shows that NSU is looking out for our 

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New residence hall continued from page I. 

Northwestern has had on-campus housing for more 
than 100 years and was the first institution in the 
University of Louisiana System to introduce privatized 
housing in 1994 with the opening of the 512-bed 
University Columns. 

"Having newer, better dormitories will encourage 
more students to live on campus." said Mandi Ridgdell. a 
freshman theatre major from Sorrento. "A new dorm will 
also have features that will make it safer for students." 

According to Seymour. NSU began working with the 
national educational real estate consulting firm of 
Anderson-Strieker more than 18 months ago to help 
develop the project. Anderson-Strieker conducted a survey 
of student preferences and focus groups along with a 
market analysis to help the university make a decision. Six 
developers submitted proposals and made presentations to 
a university committee. The highest-scoring proposal by 
Century Development was selected. 

"We believe we have developed a project that will be 
popular with the students." said Seymour. "The residence 
hall should have a unique look that will be appealing to go 
along the kind of amenities that students are asking for." 

The new residence hall is the first phase of an overall 
plan to reconfigure NSU's campus housing, Seymour said. 
The second phase will involve a possible renovation or 
demolition of existing campus residence halls. 

Webb commended Seymour and staff in the Division 
of Student Affairs for their work on the project. In addition, 
Jimmy Long, a member of Board of Supervisors for the 
University of Louisiana System, provided valuable insights 
as the project progressed, according to Webb. 

Wellness, Recreation and Activity 
Center to be available to Alumni 

The NSU WRAC (Wellness, Recreation, Activity Center) 
facility will open in the Spring 2005. NSU Alumni and their 
immediate families will be able to purchase memberships to 
the 84,000 sq. ft. facility and programs. The facility will have 
on staff a full-time wellness coordinator who will provide 
fitness testing, health & wellness seminars/classes, and a 
variety of group exercise classes. 

The facility will house two large gymnasiums (4 basket- 
ball courts, volleyball, badminton), an indoor jogging/walking 
track, three racquetball courts, a 3000 sq. ft. free weight room, 
and a 2800 sq. ft. selectorized weight room. The 2800 sq. ft. 
cardio room will be equipped with a cardio theater with six 
television sets. A 2500 sq. ft. group exercise room, massage 
room, men's and women's shower/locker rooms, equipment 
service center, two game rooms, vending cafe, and adminis- 
trative offices and meeting rooms will also be available. The 
facility will be open for more than 90 hours each week. 

Memberships for Alumni will be available at the following 

Single: $35/month if paid monthly 

S360/year if paid yearly (savings of $60) 

Single + Spouse: $55/month if paid monthly 

$600/year if paid yearly (savings of $60) 

There is no charge for children of members (ages 8-18). 
However, there will be age restrictions in some areas of the 
facility. Children must secure a membership card at the NSU 
one card office and children under the age of 14 must be 
accompanied by a parent when using the WRAC facility. 

All NSU Alumni who were full-time students at NSU and 
paid the WRAC fee between January 1999 and December 
2004 will be granted WRAC memberships at no cost for the 
same amount of semesters he or she paid the WRAC fee 
while a student here at NSU. Those alumni who wish to take 
advantage of this offer should do so at the WRAC facility 
between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

For information on the WRAC, please call (318) 357-5269 
or e-mail wrac(a) . 



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Visit our website 

Alumni News 

Spotlight is a new section of 
the Alumni Columns Magazine. 
We look forward to highlighting 
the achievements of alumni and friends 
of Northwestern. If you know someone 
who deserves their time in the Spotlight, 
please contact the NSU Alumni Center at 
(318) 357-4414 or (888)799-6486. You 
can also contact the editor at 
andersonj @ 

NSU Demon Dazzlers take over Jekyll 

The Northwestern State University 
Demon Dazzlers Danceline attended the 
Universal Dance Association camp at 
Jekyll Island. By the camp's end, the 
Dazzlers took home four trophies: the 
first place Home Routine Award, the 
Leadership Award (voted on by the other 
teams), the Superior Award, and the 
second place Spirit Award. Each member 
also received two blue superior ribbons 
for the individual evaluations on routines 
learned during the camp. They will be 
raising funds this year to attend the 
Universal Dance Association National 
Competition in Orlando, Florida, this 

Alumna authors book 

Denise Lewis Patrick, 1977 
graduate and Natchitoches native, has 
written a new book that celebrates 
summers in her hometown. The 
hardcover picture book. Ma Dear's Old 
Green House, was released by Just US 
Books, independent publisher of black- 
interest books for young people. 

Alumni celebrate their 50*^ wedding 

Jack and Nell (Slack) Bice 

celebrated their 50th Wedding 
Anniversary on August 14 at Cypress 
Baptist Church in Benton. Both are 
retired educators with the Bossier Parish 
School system. Jack (B.S. '56 & M.S. 
'62) retired as a coach, principal, and 
director of personnel and Nell (B.S. '72) 
retired as a business teacher and C.O.E. 
coordinator from Airline High School. 

Alumna becomes East Tennessee 
State's Dean of Nursing 

Dr. Patricia L. Smith, has been 
named Dean of Nursing at East 
Tennessee State University. Smith has 
been an registered nurse since 1 964 and 
a nurse educator since 1970. She joined 
ETSU faculty in 1990, holds the rank of 
professor and served as department chair 
and associate dean for academic 
programs in the college before becoming 
interim dean. 

Scholarship honoring alumnus 

A scholarship honoring long-time 
trampoline coach and alumnus Jeff 
Hennessy was established by Dr, 
George Drew, one of his former 
students. Each year, the Jeff T. Hennessy 
Scholarship will be presented to an 
athlete pursuing a career in the field of 

The scholarship was named the "Jeff 
T. Hennessy Scholarship" for his lifetime 
achievement in the sport of trampoline 
and tumbling, and in appreciation of his 
years of service as coach, mentor and 

Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame 
inducts NSU graduate 

Dr. Jerry Payne, a graduate and 
band director at NSU, was recently 
inducted into the Texas Bandmasters 
Association Hall of Fame. He was 
inducted into the Louisiana Music 
Educators Hall of Fame in 2002. 

Alumna recipient of State Choral 

Carol Repulski Dahle, 1974 
graduate, was the recipient of the 2004 
Outstanding Middle Level Choir Director 
Award, given by the Wisconsin Choral 
Directors Association. The award 
recognizes middle level choral directors 
with a minimum of 10 years choral 
experience who exhibit characteristics 
usually associated with master teachers. It 
also recognizes significant contributions 
in the area of middle level conducting. 

Since 1976. Dahle has been the 
Junior High/Middle School choral 
director in Hudson. Wis., where she has 
built a choral program of more than 300 
students in three elective choirs. She has 
been music director for children and adult 
theater as well as church youth choirs and 
has completed her 1 8th year as director of 
the Trinity Lutheran Church Senior Choir 
in Hudson. 

Lynn SeidI, President of the Wisconsin Choral 
Directors' Association, presented NSU alumna 
Carol J. (Repulski) Dahle the 2004 
Outstanding Middle Level Choir Director 
Award also shown is Connie Root, presenter 
of the award. 

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Alumni News 

NSU Alumni celebrate more 
than 50 years of friendship 

In September of 1951, five young 
high school graduates enrolled at 
Northwestern at what was then 
Northwestern State College. They didn't 
become acquainted immediately, but time 
and association brought them together 
and bonded them in a friendship that has 
lasted for more than 50 years. They have 
kept in contact with letters, Christmas 
cards and phone calls, keeping one 
another informed of events in each 
other's lives. 

"We are able to get together about 
once a year," said Alice West. "That's 
because of the distance. We enjoy being 
able to get together and share what we 
do with our lives. " 

In August, the five friends gathered 
at the home of Jane Watson. The photos 
below show how they looked in their 
junior year at NSC in 1954 and how they 
look now. From right to left in both 
photos are Jane Bush Watson ('55), Alice 
Zenter West ('55), Virginia Houston Pace 
('55), Nadine Ashley Marsee ('55) and 
Mickey Morrow Chaney ('54). 

NSU Excellence in Teaching Awar 






Six outstanding educators at Northwestern State University were recognized 
tor their contributions to the university and their individual colleges as 
recipients of this year's NSU Excellence in Teaching Awards. The six 
honorees. who were selected by their peers, were honored at the annual 
Homecoming banquet Oct. 15 and recognized during half-time of the 
Homecoming game on Oct. 16. 

The faculty and their respective colleges are Dr Frasier Snowden, professor 
of philosophy, Louisiana Scholars' College; Dr. Lissa Pollacia, Bellsouth 
Professor of Telecommunications, College of Business; Dr Kimberly W. 
McAlister. assistant professor of education. College of Education; Dr. Lisa Abney, 
associate professor of English, College of Liberal Arts; Teresa T Kevil, assistant 
professor of Graduate Studies and Research, College of Nursing; and Dr Dick 
Stalling, professor of biology. College of Science and Technology. 

Snowden has been teaching philosophy at 
Northwestern for 35 years. He began teaching in the 
Louisiana Scholars' College in 1989 after chairing the 
committee that developed the original proposal for the 
, ^ , ^^^^ Scholars" College. He specializes in Eastern religious 

H|P^^ i^^^l philosophies, philosophy and health care, American 
J k ^!^^ philosophy, philosophy of religions and the Great Books. 

I — I ■ — i 1 During his career, Snowden has been active on 

Ur. rrasier onowaen numerous university committees and regularly published 

articles and papers. He held memberships in Delta Phi 
Alpha, United Federation of College Teachers and Louisiana Endowment for the 
Humanities. Snowden previously received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 
1994 and 2000. After teaching at NSU for 35 years, he plans to retire at the end of 
this academic year. His current work in progress is a philosophical mystery novel. 

Pollacia has been the Endowed Bellsouth Professor of 
Telecommunications and a professor of computer 
information systems since 2000. She has been an instructor 
in the computer science field since 1983, when she was 
coordinator of the computer center on the NSU-Fort Polk 
campus. Pollacia designed and facilitated on-line 
computing courses for NSU and provided a leading role in 
training and policy development for electronic learning. 
Pollacia has chaired several committees, authored 
numerous journal publications, participated regularly in 
conference proceedings and secured thousands of dollars in grants. She served as 
coordinator of NSU's NASA JOVE program from 1995-99, and in 1996, NSU 
awarded her the Mildred Hart Bailey Award for Outstanding Research. 

McAlister has been an assistant professor in the College 
of Education since 1998. She has worked on numerous 
committees within the College of Education, including the 
Accreditation Leadership Team and Accreditation Steering 
Committee and chairing the Assessment Committee. She 
was a public school teacher from 1989-1998. 

McAlister has made presentations at many professional 
development conferences on topics that include integrating 
curriculum with heritage education, teaching mathematics, 
improving student achievement, motivating students and 
integrating mathematics and science. McAlister has authored numerous professional 
development grants and has been closely involved with the development of the 
National Center for Preservation, Technology and Training, acting as a evaluator of 
grants and a consultant for development workshops for teachers. She been advisor to 
more than 125 undergraduate elementary education students. 

Dr. Lissa Pollacia 

Dr. Kimberly McAlister 

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ecipients recognized 

Dr. Lisa Abney 

Teresa T. Kevil 

Abney is director of the Louisiana Folklife Center 
and an associate professor of English in the 
Department of Language and Communication. As 
director of the Louisiana Folklife Center since 1999, 
Abney is responsible for organizing, directing and 
promoting the Natchitoches/NSU Folk Festival, 
archiving folklife material and coordinating 
community outreach. She writes grants to support the 
Folk Festival and oversees the budgets of the 
Louisiana Folklife Center, the Louisiana Regional 
Folklife Program. Louisiana Folklife Journal, which she edits, and grant accounts. 
As a professor. Abney has conducted research in linguistics, folklife and 
regional literature, written numerous grants to fund programs and research 
and served on several university and departmental committees. She has 
edited and contributed to several books on contemporary and Southern 
writing and published numerous articles related to folklife and American 
literature. Abney was this year's recipient of the Louisiana Endowment for 
the Humanities Special Humanities Award and in 2003 was selected as one of 
"50 Dynamic Women under 50" by CenLa Focus Magazine. 

As coordinator for the Family Nurse Practitioner 
Program. Kevil teaches and coordinates all clinical 
courses for the Family Nurse Practitioner program and 
the Advanced Health Assessment course. She also 
teaches several core nursing courses, adult nursing 
clinical courses and is academic advisor for graduate 
students. She is currently chairman of the Graduate 
Nursing Curriculum Committee. 

Kevil has practiced nursing in several area 
medical centers since 1974 and since earning Post- 
Master's Education in the Adult Nurse Practitioner Program has made 
numerous presentations and published nearly a dozen articles about nursing 
issues. She is currently a licensed Adult Nurse Practitioner, a Licensed 
Registered Nurse and a Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. Kevil is a charter 
member of Beta Chi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and holds 
membership in numerous professional organizations. She was the recipient of 
the F Hugh Coughlin Endowed Professorship from 1999-2002. Kevil 
received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Nursing 
taculty in 2001. 

Stalling has been teaching biological sciences 
since 1960 and has been at NSU since 1967. He was 
coordinator of the Department of Biology from 1996- 
2002 and has taught classes in many life science 
disciplines, including zoology, microbiology, 
physiology, mammalogy, ecology, anatomy, botany 
and biometry. He holds several professional and 
academic memberships in organizations including 
Louisiana Academy of Science, National Geographic 
Society, The Sierra Club and the Smithsonian 

Over the course of his career. Stalling has authored numerous 
publications and presented dozens of papers at professional meetings. For 
several years, he wrote book reviews for the Association of College and 
Research Libraries and at one time conducted drug tests for the NSU Athletic 
Department. Stalling's personal research interests include rodent and rabbit 
population and behavior, rodent physiology and anatomy and morphological 
adaptations of native plants. 

Dr. Dick Stalling 

Mcllhenney Endowed 
Professorship established 

The Northwestern State University 
Foundation received a $60,000 donation from 
the Coypu Foundation that was matched with 
$40,000 by the Louisiana Board of Regents 
Support Fund. The donation will establish the 
John S. Mcllhenney Endowed Professorship in 
Biological Sciences, the first in that department. 

The Coypu Foundation is an organization 
founded by the estate of the late John S. 
Mcllhenney that supports environmental and 
ecology projects. Julie Hughes Callihan, 
executrix of the Mcllhenney estate and a 
Natchitoches native, coordinated the donation. 
Coypu is the Latin term for nutria rat. 

Mr. Mcllhenney was a scientist and 
requested money be given to scientific 
endeavors, the environment, wetlands and 
ecological efforts, Callihan said. 

A portion of the interest generated by the 
endowment each year will be used to fund 
classroom instruction, faculty research, 
purchase needed software and hardware and 
cover needed travel to professional 
conferences. Some of the funds will be used to 
build up the endowment and another portion will 
be used to establish a scholarship fund for 
biology students. 

1t is my personal hope that this money will 
be used to encourage promising students 
identified in their freshman or sophomore year to 
pursue careers in the life sciences," said Dr. 
Michael Bodri, head of the Department of 
Biological Sciences. 

"Gifts of this sort are valuable assets to the 
biology faculty because it can allow them to 
purchase supplies or equipment to assist in their 
current research endeavors or aid them in the 
pursuit of knowledge in research that may 
represent new directions for them," Bodri said. 
"Funds can also be used for professional 
development, covering expenses for such things 
as scientific or teaching conferences." 

Further donations from the Coypu 
Foundation to Northwestern included a $7,922 
grant for population surveys using pitfall traps in 
the upland forest habitat of central Louisiana 
and $16,91 1 to the Cane River National 
Heritage Area. 

"We're always excited when we establish a 
professorship because it benefits not only our 
faculty and students, but the whole university," 
said Tony Gustwick, director of Institutional 


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Campus News 

Gayle Hatch Scholarship created i 

A scholarship for the men's basketball program 
at Northwestern State University has been set 
up in honor of U.S. Olympic weightlifting 
coach and former Demon basketball letterman Gayle 
Hatch of Baton Rouge. 

Donations for the scholarship will be matched by the Dale Brown 
Foundation up to half of the amount of a full scholarship to NSU. Brown, 
the former men's basketball coach at LSU, is a long-time friend of Hatch. 

Hatch has been honored by Northwestern with induction into the 
NSU Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line, in October. He is also a 
member of the Graduate "N" Club Hall of Fame and has received the Nth 
degree in recognition of his professional accomplishments and 
community service. 

"This has been a fabulous year for me and my family with the honor 
of coaching the U.S. Olympic Weightlifting Team, my induction into the 
Long Purple Line and the establishment of this scholarship. I was thrilled 
to death when this was announced," said Hatch. "Being a former Demon 
basketball player, I know how important it is for young men to have an 
opportunity to showcase their talent. This scholarship may give someone 
that opportunity to come in and establish themselves." 

Hatch has been an active USA Weightlifting coach for more than 
30 years. He has had athletes selected to more than 50 U.S. 
international teams including the 1984, 1988 and 1992 U.S. Olympic 

"Having Gayle Hatch's name associated with the men's basketball 
program at Northwestern is a very positive thing," said Demon head 
men's basketball coach Mike McConathy. "It shows how someone can 
be a part of the men's basketball program and go on to achieve success 
on a national or international level beyond the basketball court. Part of 
the way we measure success is if a young man can graduate and go out 
and be productive in the world. This scholarship will help young men 
achieve that objective." 

McConathy also thanked Brown for his willingness to honor Hatch 
with a scholarship at NSU. 

"We are gratified that Dale Brown thinks so much of Gayle that he 
is willing to provide an annual match for this scholarship," said 
McConathy. "It means a lot that Dale wants to do something to help 
Northwestern State because of his friendship and admiration for Gayle. 
We are also glad that Gayle will be able to play a role in helping build 
this scholarship." 

Hatch has worked with NSU athletes over the years and is glad to 
have a closer association with the men's basketball program. 

"There are many positive things going on at Northwestern, and I 
am glad to be associated with the program and Coach McConathy in this 
way," said Hatch. "He wants his players to get a degree and be prepared 
for life. Coach McConathy is a good coach and a good man." 

To make a contribution to the Gayle Hatch Scholarship or 
receive more information, contact the NSU Foundation at 
(318) 357-4414 or (888) 799-6486. 

Record enrollment once again 





At a banquet honoring Coach Hatch, keynote speaker Dale Brown pledged 
to start a scholarship at Northwestern State University in honor of Hatch, 
former NSU basketball player, and the ideals that he stands for. It will be a 
scholarship for a basketball player at NSU. Shown are Director of Alumni 
and Development Chris Maggio, Brown, Hatch and NSU Men's Basketball 
Coach Mike McConathy. 



Northwestern State University had its fifth 
consecutive record enrollment for the fall semester as 
10,546 students enrolled for classes. Last fall's student 
population was 10,505. 

"We are glad to have any increase in enrollment. That 
is a continued sign of the good things happening at 
Northwestern," said NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb. 
"Students respond to the personal attention they receive at 
Northwestern. Our student-oriented environment is 
combined with first-rate academics and varied 
extracurricular activities to give those who attend 
Northwestern a full college experience." 

According to Webb, NSU's faculty, staff and alumni 
along with current students and the City of Natchitoches 
play a major role in attracting students. Under the 
direction of the Offices of Enrollment Services and 
University Recruiting, the university has seen its 
enrollment move up steadily. 

"Northwestern has continued to prosper in a very 
competitive environment," said Webb. "Many colleges 
and universities are seeking outstanding students. When 
many of these students visit Northwestern for the first 
time, they immediately feel comfortable at the university 
and in Natchitoches. The people associated with the 
university and the community let each student know they 
are important and they are interested in the student's 
future success." 

Enrollment on NSU's campuses in Shreveport, 
Leesville/Fort Polk and Alexandria campus increased. A 
total of 6,642 students took at least one class on the 
Natchitoches campus, 63 percent of the total student 

The university also enrolled more juniors and seniors, 
pointing to greater student retention. 

"Over the past year, we involved the faculty in a 
'recruit back plan,' which asked faculty to call students 
who were not enrolled," said Director of Enrollment 
Management Dr. Mary Edith Stacy. "This year, we will 
concentrate on strengthening academic advising. This 
should really help our students find the best match 
between their interests and a degree." 

For the second consecutive year, NSU had a dramatic 
increase in out-of-state enrollment. After a 42 percent 
increase last year, 15 percent more students from outside 
Louisiana enrolled at Northwestern. This year, 159 out-of- 
state freshmen enrolled at NSU, a 38 percent increase 
from last fall. 

According to Director of University Recruiting Jana 
Lucky, NSU's recruiting strategy is paying dividends. 

"We are placing additional emphasis on recruiting 
graduate and out-of-state students along with transfer 
students from community colleges and junior colleges," 
said Lucky. "Each of our recruiters has a personal territory 
or area of emphasis which allows them to get to know 
students who are considering Northwestern." 

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Dr. Chris Maggio, director of alumni and development accepted the newly endowed Annie C. (O'Neil) Lynch Schol- 
arship for Holy Cross Church and NSU. Shown are Maggio, Annie Lynch, Kevin Lynch, Dr. Randall Webb. Dean of 
Nursing Dr. Norann Planchock, Brenda Webb, Assistant Director of Development for the College of Nursing Alma 
Holloway, and Father Dan Cook, Pastor of Holy Cross Church. 

Alumnus honors spouse with endowment 

Northwestern State University alumnus 
Kevin Lynch has created the SI 00,000 Annie 
C. (O'Neal) Lynch Endowment to the NSU 
Foundation. The two-part endowment will 
provide $50,000 for the Annie C. (O'Neal) 
Lynch Scholarship in NSU's College of 
Nursing and S50,(XX) to create the Annie C. 
(O'Neal) Lynch Fund for the Catholic 
Student Organization at Holy Cross Church. 

The scholarship will provide for students 
enrolled in the College of Nursing who earn a 
minimum GPA of 3.0 after one semester of 
course work completed at NSU and 
participates in the Mini.str>' of Education at 
Holy Cross. 

Mrs. Lynch earned a degree in nursing at 
NSU in 1960. having been awarded a nursing 
scholarship in high school. She worked at 
Natchitoches Parish Hospital and for Dr. 
Archie Breazeale in Natchitoches while Mr 
Lynch completed his senior year The couple 
then moved 1 3 times in 33 years, first with 
the U.S. Army and later w ith Procter & 

"Annie has been my greatest blessing and my 
esire has been to honor her as a tribute to whatever 
have accomplished over the years, " Mr. Lynch 
■lid. "Our relationship started and the groundwork 
tr our family was nurtured by our time at 
'orthwestern. Had it all not come together there, 
e might not be counting our four children and ten 
'•andchildren among our greatest treasures. " 

"Mr. Lynch's generosity not only honors 
his wife, it will enable deserving students to 
enter a career of helping others," said 
Director of Alumni Affairs Chris Maggio. 
"The endowment to Holy Cross will ensure 
that a student leaves Northwestern equipped 
not just with knowledge, but with spiritual 

The gift to Holy Cross Church is the 
largest donation ever made to the 95-year-old 
church and will help underwrite costs of the 
Ministry of Education or other ministries of 
the Catholic Student Organization. The 
donation "will make a difference in the 
experience of students and a difference to 
Holy Cross Church," said Don Barker, 
chairman of the pastoral council for Holy 

"Those standing against the storm across 
the nation are the campus ministries at state 
universities. ■ said Father Dan Cook, pastor of 
Holy Cross and director of the CSO. "The 

fact is. more than 90 percent of our Catholic 
students go to state universities and many 
attend campus ministries like the one of 
which 1 am director" 

"Holy Cross Parish w as an important 
spiritual home away from home for us as we 
participated in a number of the Catholic 
student activities and were thus affirmed in 
our Christian faith." Mr. Lynch said. "Even 
though we have relocated many times since 
leaving Northwestern, we stayed involved in 
church related activities. Now, I spend much 
of my time as president of the National 
Fellowship of Catholic Men. on a voluntary 
basis. v\ hile Annie supports that work and 
other ministries." The Lynches are acti\e 
members of St. Gertrude Catholic Church in 
Cincinnati. Ohio. 

The Lynches were recognized during a 
ceremony at Holy Cross where Mr Lynch, 
who graduated from NSU in 1961, stressed 
the importance of serving others and thanked 
people who helped him during his college 
experience, such as campus Librarian Eugene 
P. Watson and Dean Leonard Nichols. 

"The Annie C. (O'Neal) Lynch 
endowment is our way of saying thank you 
by aiding the work of the Catholic Student 
Organization at Holy Cross Church and 
providing scholarship assistance for nursing 
students at Northwestern." Mr. L) nch said. 
"We hope it will encourage students in 
Northwestern State University's College of 
Nursing to participate in the Ministry of 
Education program so that the recipients are 
equipped to act out the Gospel message in 
their nursing careers." 

The CSO honored the Lynches as 
Alumni of the Year, the first couple honored 
as such by the organization. 

■"We talked with Dr. Chris Maggio. 
Director of NSU Alumni and Development, 
and were delighted to learn that we could 
establish an endowment flexible enough to 
fund scholarships and program enhancements 
such as the Catholic Student Organization at 
NSU" Mr. Lynch said. "We hope that other 
NSU alumni will see this as an opportunity 
and consider a similar approach for program 
enhancements and scholarship areas they are 
interested in." 

"It's because of people like the Lynches 
that students attending Northwestern can 
have a meaningful experience, both 
academically and in their faith." Maggio said. 

New member added to 
NSU Alumni Board of 

Kip T. Patrick, a 1995 graduate of 
Northwestern State University, has been 
appointed to the NSU Alumni Board of 

Patrick is a senior public relations 
specialist with Williams Creative Group in 
Shreveport. He began his career with Hill 
& Knowlton Public Relations Inc. in 
Washington, D.C. He later transferred to 
that company's New York, N.Y., office, 
where he specialized in corporate and 
crisis communications. He worked as 

director of media 
relations for W- 
before accepting 
a position with 
Plus Idiomas/ 
Don Quixote 
Language School 
in Madrid, Spain, 
where he taught 
English to business executives, professors 
and university students. Patrick retumed 
last year to work with Hill & Knowlton as 
account supervisor in Miami, Fla. 

A native of Converse. Patrick earned 
a degree in journalism and a minor in 
English at NSU, where he served as 
senator-at-large with the Student 
Government Association and was sports 
editor for the Cun-ent Sauce. He was a 
member off Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Eta 
Sigma honor fratemities. 

Patrick has traveled extensively 
throughout Central and South America, 
the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the 
United States. He is a board member of 
Dynamite Basketball, a national youth 
organization that strives to improve the 
livesof inner city youth. 

■'I grew up in northwest Louisiana, 
and both my parents got their master's 
degrees from Northwestem, so I've always 
known what a degree from NSU can do for 
a person," Patrick said. "Joining the 
Alumni Board, I'm looking forward to 
working with my fellow alumni to help 
spread the word to kids who may be 
unaware of how far a Northwestem 
education can carry you. 

"Northwestern is a quality place to 
eam a degree, a university where a 
person can have a great time, meet 
incredibly talented people, and with a little 
hard work, graduate with an education 
that's affordable, nationally-competitive, 
and most importantly, applicable in the 
real world." 

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i Ba|iierings 

Kathleen Gillan ('99), 
Courtney Gillan Lentz ('02), 
Mark Lentz ('02) and 
Jeremy Chreene attended 
the Lafayette Area Fish Fry. 


Ruth ('60) and Jeff ("58) 
Hennessy visit with other 
NSU alumni at the 
Lafayette Area Fish Fry. 

Mary Alice Wack 
('77 &'79) , 
Charlotte Sicard 
('77 &'78) Dwight 
Sicard and Mike 
Wack reunited with 
former classmates 
at the Lafayette 
Area Fish Fry. 

More than 100 journalism majors visited with graduates of 
the Northwestern State University journalism program on 
Wednesday, Oct. 6 as part of a reunion of the classes of 1948- 
1964. Dr. John Merrill (center), now a professor emeritus of 
journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia, served 
as one of the first journalism faculty at Northwestern State 
College from 1951-1962. He was instrumental in establish- 
ing the degree program here. Participating in a televised 
fomm that addressed past, present and future issues in jour- 
nalism were (from left) Frank Caperton, Kay Flowers Wells, 
Jerry Byrd, Menill, Jim Soileau, Norm Fletcher, and Dr. Paul 
Hagle. While on campus, President Dr. Randall J. Webb pre- 
sented Merrill the "Nth Degree" for his meritorious contribu- 
tions to the establishment of journalism as a degree pro- 
gram at Northwestem. Since the program's inception in 1948, 
over 700 have eamed degrees in the program. 


NSU Vice President for Extemal Affairs Jerry Pierce (left) and 
Dr. Steve Horton, chair of the Department of Journalism 
(right), shared memories with Dr. John Menill, now a profes- 
sor emeritus of journalism at the University of Missouri-Co- 
lumbia during a reunion of the journalism classes of 1948- 
1964 on Northwestem's campus Wednesday, Oct. 6. Menill 
served as faculty adviser to the campus newspaper, Cun'ent 
Sauce, during his tenure at Northwestern from 1951-1962. 
Both Pierce and Horton were students of Merrill— Pierce at 
Northwestem, and Horton at Louisiana State University. 

Heather ('98) 
and Chad ('95) 
Barrios visited 
with other 

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Homecoming Events 

Inducted into the Graduate 'N' Club during Homecoming festivities 
were Nomi Fletcher ('50), Kemp "Flash" Gordon ('59) , Brian Brown 
('89 & '90), Butch Ballard ("78), Billy Hudson ('48), and Dr. Jessie 
Homer (72). Not shown is Theresa Thomas Lewis ('86). 

Five Northwestern State University alumni were recognized as 
Distinguished Educators by the Northwestern State University 
College of Education. They are, from left. Dr. H.T. Gamer of 
Monroe, Mary Lee Posey of Natchitoches, Ted Fowler 
representing father, the late Dr. L.F. Fowler; Chris Weaver of 
Baton Rouge and Dr. Charles F. "Red" Thomas of Natchitoches. 


The 1954 Football Team Reunited during Homecoming Weekend. Shown 
are (front) Dan Chase ('57) , Coach Walter P. Ledet ('39), Ted Simon ('56), J. 
N. Bourgeois Jr. ('56), Jerry Epperson ('55), (back) Earl T. Haynes , Dr. 
Bobby Alost ("57) , Robert "Bob" Tatum ('55), Dr. Mixon "Doc" Bankston ('56), 
andDr. DanCan-('55&'61). 



The Charter Induction Ceremony for the Columns Society was held as 
part of the annual Homecoming activities. The NSU Foundation has 
created The Columns Society to honor and recognize special supporters 
who make a planned gift to Northwestern. Membership is given to those 
who make or have made a planned gift of $10,000 or more for future 
support of NSU. Among those honored were (front from left) Melba Steeg, 
Dr. Jim Hyde on behalf of his aunt, Nora B. Yeater, Clarice Creech and 
Harry Creech (back from left) Dr. Russell Bond, Joe Schelette, Charles 
Knicely and Linda Knicely. They are shown with NSU President Dr. Randall 
J. Webb. Also inducted were: Dr. John Bolin, Nolton Causey, Jack Eversull, 
Jr., Langdon Frey, Katherine Frey, John Kallina, Debbie Kallina, Kari 
Moore, Carolyn Sheridan and Oma Toppel. 

Northwestern State University alumnus David Morgan was present for the 
opening of the Barry Smiley Memorial Courtyard outside Russell Hall during 
Homecoming festivities. Morgan described Smiley as a man of vision who 
inspired others to do more. The courtyard was made possible through a lead 
gift from the Morgan family and other alumni. From left are Dr. Jack Russell, 
Dr. Lissa Pollacia and Morgan. 


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i Pumle 

I III Cine 

Even though their occupations are widely different, this year's 
inductees into Northwestern State University's Hall of Distinction, the 
Long Purple Line, agree their time at the university helped lead to their 
success. The 2004 inductees are: Joseph Dow of Pasadena, Texas; 
Gayle Hatch and Leia Mae Wilkes of Baton Rouge, Val Marmillion of 
Washington, D.C.; Dr. J. Michael Miller of Dunwoody, Ga.; and 
Gregory O'Quin of Alexandria. 

Joseph Dow 

Dow, a nativ e of Syria, started Dow 
Fence & Supply Company in 1964 with 
$134 and has buih the company into one 
of the largest wholesale companies in the 
south. Dow Fence & Supply ships 
materials around the U.S. as well as 

A mathematics major at 

i Northwestern, Dow moved to Houston 
after earning his degree and started his 
own fence and supply company. 

Dow has become a successful real 
estate developer, building several 

I subdivisions and business parks. He has 

» been an active philanthropist, 
constructing a church in the small Syrian 
town where he was born. Dow 
contributes to several churches as well 

I as charitable and youth organizations. He 
is a member of the Pasadena Planning 
and Zoning Committee. 

"I never expected any kind of honor 
like this. It was nice of the university to 
do that," said Dow. "I learned everything 
at Northwestern. I majored in math and 
learned good common sense. That's 
enough for any business." 

Gayle Hatch 

Hatch is one of the most respected 
weightlifting coaches in the U.S. He 
was coach of the men's 2004 United 
States Olympic Team and has been an 
active USA Weightlifting coach for 
more than 30 years. Hatch has had 
athletes selected to more than 50 U.S. 
international teams including the 1984, 
1988 and 1992 U.S. Olympic teams. 

"I was overwhelmed to be selected 
to be part of the Long Purple Line," said 
Hatch. "Northwestern is the place where 
I met my wife and had a lot of great 
friends and teammates. Northwestern 
means the world to me." 

"Northwestern was and is a place 
with a great atmosphere. I am glad I was 
able to take the education I received and 
go on to do something which had a 
positive impact on my community, the 
state and the country." 

A basketball letterman at NSU, 
Hatch was named to the Graduate "N" 
Club Hall of Fame and has been a 
recipient of the Nth Degree. 

Val Marmillion 

Marmillion is recognized as one of the 
top campaign strategists in the country. 
Under his leadership, the firm of 
Marmillion + Company has emerged as 
one of the nation's premiere marketing and 
communications firms. 

Many of his campaigns have earned 
recognition for their groundbreaking work 
in bringing challenging issues to the public. 
Most recently, the 2003 Vision Awards 
Publicity Materials Competition from the 
League of American Communications 
Professionals honored MCo with Gold and 
Silver Awards for the "America's 
WETLAND: Campaign to Save Coastal 
Louisiana." Marmillion has served as 
executive producer for numerous programs 
including several features developed for 
Discovery and The Learning Channel. 

"I'm proud to think that recognition 
from your university means that you've 
done something very positive with your 
education. I owe any success in life to 
having experienced both academic and 
extra-curricular opportunities and 
incentives at NSU which helped to sculpt 
my career in both public service and 
business," said MarmilHon. "I share this 
honor with many classmates and 
administrators who were not afraid of big 
dreams, like the Wilson Recreational 
Complex which we were able to imagine 
and create as a legacy for others to enjoy." 

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Dr. J. Michael Miller 

Gregory O'Quin 

Leia Mae Wilkes 

Miller has been with the Centers for 
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
since 1976 where he is currently chief of 
the Laboratory Response Branch in the 
Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response 
Program at CDC. He is responsible for the 
Nation's laboratory readiness and response 
capability for bioterrorism or other public 
health emergencies. Dr. Miller completed 
his bachelors and master's degree in 
microbiology at Northwestern and 
completed his graduate work in 1977 at the 
University of Texas Health Science Center 
at San Antonio. He is a Vietnam-era 

"I was stunned when I learned I had 
been chosen for the Long Purple Line," said 
Miller. "I knew what the honor was all 
about and was touched and honored to be 

In his position at the CDC, he oversees 
the National Laboratory Response 
Network-the LRN- a consortium of the 
nation's reference laboratories for the 
detection and confirmation of agents of 

The Rapid Response and Advanced 
Technology laboratory is also in his Branch 
and it develops and provides the initial, 
novel molecular testing protocols and 
algorithms used in the LRN and serves as 
the initial receiving site for any 
bioterrorism-related specimens arriving at 

O'Quin has been a registered 
representative with Lincoln Financial 
Advisors since 1978, ranking as the 
leading producer in Louisiana and in the 
top one percent with the company. He 
is a member of the NSU Foundation 
Board. O'Quin has also served as 
chairman of the Rapides Regional 
Medical Center and chairman of the 
Rapides Foundation and the Orchard 

A 1973 graduate of NSU in 
accounting, O'Quin was freshman and 
sophomore class president and president 
of the Student Senate for two years. 

He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi 
and was chosen as Mr. NSU. O'Quin 
became a CPA in 1 974 and earned a law 
degree at Loyola University of New 
Orleans in 1978. 

"I'm honored to be recognized by 
the university that was such a big part 
of my life," said O'Quin. "As an 
investment advisor I use skills learned 
at Northwestern every day in my 
business life. I received a great 
education that has helped me do well in 
the business world. The contacts that I 
made at Northwestern and Natchitoches 
have also been very helpful to me. I am 
very interested in NSU's continued 

Wilkes has been president of 

Brown-Eagle Group since 1989. The » 

company employees 500 and provides ' 

product handling, packaging and 

warehousing services for the chemical J 

industry. She is a founding member, past J| 

secretary and a member of the board of ^ 

directors of the Louisiana Chemical ' 

Industry Alliance. Wilkes joined Brown- j 

Eagle Group in 1977 as controller and 

treasurer and was promoted to vice 

president in 1985. 

Wilkes began her career as an 

accountant with the Ethyl Corporation. 

She is a member of the NSU College of 

Business Dean's Advisory Board and 

the College's Hall of Fame. Wilkes is 

also active in a number of civic and i 

business organizations. ' 

"To me, this honor is like the icing 

on the cake," said Wilkes. 

"The happiest four years of my life 

were at Northwestern. It is 

indescribable. The experience was so 

wonderful there. It was small enough 

that you could know everyone, but large 

enough that you could participate in a 

number of things." 

While at Northwestern, she was a 

member of student organizations 

including Purple Jackets. Associated 

Women Students and Alpha Sigma 

Alpha. Wilkes was also elected tieasurer 

of the Louisiana Student Teachers 



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NSU Alumna Jennifer Graf named new Lady Demon Basketball Coach 

Northwestern State's James Smith, the winningest women's 
basketball coach in Southland Conference history, 
announced his retirement Sept. 1 and Assistant Coach Jennifer 
Graf, a former Lady Demon player who has been part 
of SLC championship teams as a player and coach, 
was named to replace him as head coach. 

Smith, 340-155 (.687) in 17 seasons as head 
coach, guided the Lady Demons to a pair of NCAA 
Tournament appearances, in 1989 and last season, 
along with capturing three regular-season conference 
titles. Northwestern State posted wins over national 
powers such as Notre Dame, Arkansas, Iowa, Clemson 
and Ole Miss under Smith, whose teams also made 
three appearances in the Women's National 
Invitational Tournament and suffered only one losing 
season in his 17 years in charge. 

Smith's Lady Demons made 10 SLC Tournament 
championship game appearances and 
produced four NCAA Division I statistical 
champions while making 14 entries in the 
NCAA women's basketball record book, 
including the nati';nal record for assists in 
one game (43) in a 1987 rout of Arkansas 

Graf's elevation to the head coaching 
post means five current Divison I head 
coaches — Mona Martin at Louisiana- 
Monroe, Wendy Schuller of Eastern 
Washington, Southern University's Sandy 
Pugh and Gail Streigler of Central Florida 
— served as assistant coaches under Smith 
with the Lady Demons. 

A native of Loranger, La., the 26-year- 
old Graf has been an assistant coach on 
Smith's staff for four years on the heels of a 
four-year playing career for Northwestern. 
The Lady Demons have posted 150 wins in her eight seasons on 
campus after she won Sweet 16 prep state tournament Most 
Valuable Player honors for all classifications in 1 996 while leading 
Loranger High to the state Class 2A title. She will be the second- 
youngest head coach in major college women's basketball. 

Coach Jennifer Graf 

Jennifer Graf and James Smith consult 
during an NSU women's basketball game. 

The announcement of the transition was made by university 
President Dr. Randall J. Webb and Director of Athletics Greg 
Burke at a press conference at NSU's Stroud Room. 

"I appreciate James Smith as having played an 
integral part in the program which has had the most 
sustained level of success in over a century of 
intercollegiate athletics at NSU," said Burke. "As 
much as this (Smith's retirement) was not my idea, I 
am happy for James in his decision and wish him all 
the best that he and (his wife) Susan truly deserve." 
Since Graf joined the program, the Lady 
Demons have been one of the nation's top 30 
winningest programs in women's basketball over the 
previous six years. In her four seasons as the chief 
assistant coach. Northwestern was 86-32 (.729), 
including a 63-15 (.808) mark in conference play. 

"As an assistant coach, Jennifer has established herself as a 
shrewd tactician, an outstanding recruiter 
and a wonderful mentor for the young ladies 
involved in the Lady Demon basketball 
program," said President Webb. "The fact 
that she is Coach Smith's choice to follow 
him as head coach is a tremendous 
endorsement of her ability to lead our 
program for years to come. This is a move 
that will be widely applauded in all areas of 
the Northwestern community as Coach Graf 
has earned the respect of all groups related 
to the university — students, faculty, staff, 
alumni and supporters." 

Graf was a Dean's List student, a three- 
time Academic All-SLC student-athlete and 
an honorable mention All-SLC athlete as a 
senior in 1999-2000. She played in 110 
games for Northwestern, winning 74, 
starting 48, including all 30 in her final 
season when she averaged 10.4 points per game and raised her 
free throw percentage 22 points above her career average, posting 
the second-best single-season free throw average in school history, 
84.7 percent. 

Demon Fans Can Receive Updated infomiation Via E-mail 

The Southland Conference will initiate distribution of a new monthly e-newsletter. The e-newsletter will provide dedicated fans of the 
league the latest information on the Southland and its institutions. Media, boosters, alumni, students and faculty are invited to subscribe. 

"The Conference is not interested in sending information to individuals who do not want it," according to Tom Burnett, commissioner of 
the Southland Conference. "We are not sending 'spam' and we are not selling the lists to outside agencies. The newsletter has an 'opt- 
in, opt-out' feature that allows subscribers to eliminate any future mailings." 

The project is being coordinated by Kristie Le, director of media relations for the Southland Conference. 

Anyone interested in joining the e-mail list can do so by e-mailing Le at kle(5)southland.orQ or visiting the conference website at 

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Service Award ; 
recipients honored 

Jimmy D. Long of Natchitoches 
and the late Sen. Leopold Caspari, 
formerly of Natchitoches, have been 
selected as the 2004 recipients of the 
President's Distinguished Service 
Award at Northwestern State University. 

*7 am extremely honored to recognize 
>oth of these exceptional men, " said NSU 
'resident Dr. Randall J. Webb. "Each of 
hem played a significant role in the 
■rowth and development of Northwestern 
itate University. Sen. Caspari and Rep. 
Mng both understood the importance of 
ducation to the state of Louisiana. They 
'Iso set an example by giving of 
\hemselves through public service. " 

Long was a member of the 
Louisiana Legislature for 32 years 
serving in the House of 
Representatives from 1968-2000. In 
his eight terms in the legislature. Long 
became recognized as one of the 
leading authorities on education in the 

He worked to establish the 
Louisiana School for Math, Science 
and the Arts and the Louisiana 
Scholars' College, the state's 
designated honors college in the arts 
and sciences. Long assisted 
Northwestern in developing 
progressive, innovative programs and 
was instrumental in the appropriations 
of millions of dollars for programs and 
projects at the university. 

Long has served as a member of 
the Board of the Southern Regional 
Education, vice president of the 
Southwest Education Development 
Lab and as the Louisiana delegate to 
the Education Commission of the 

During his tenure in the 
legislature. Long was cited by the 
state's press corps as being among the 
top 10 percent of Louisiana legislators 
in effectiveness. He has been a 

member of the NSU Foundation Board 
of Directors and has received honorary 
memberships in the Blue Key 
International Honor Society and 
Graduate "N" Club. A government 
major at Northwestern, he was 
inducted into the NSU Hall of 
Distinction, the Long Purple Line in 

Long has been a member of the 
Board of Supervisors for the 
University of Louisiana System since 

Caspari. who was called "The 
Father of the Normal." was 
instrumental in the founding of the 
Louisiana State Normal School, now 
Northwestern State, and its placement 
in Natchitoches. 

A native of France. Caspari 
immigrated to the United States in 
1848 and settled in Cloutierville. He 
became a successful farmer and 
businessman and moved to 
Natchitoches in 1858. 

In 1 884, Caspari was elected to 
the Louisiana Legislature as a state 
representative from the district 
including Natchitoches, DeSoto and 
Sabine parishes. He was later elected 
to the State Senate, spending nearly 30 
years in the legislature. In his first year 
in the legislature. Caspari was a strong 
supporter of legislation creating the 
Louisiana State Normal School. He 
later made a strong presentation to the 
State Board of Education to convince 
them to place the school in 

Caspari helped lead a drive to 
raise $5,000 to purchase The Convent 
of the Sacred Heart, a 95-acre site that 
made up the early Normal School 
campus. As president of the 
Natchitoches Land and Railway 
Company. Caspari helped gain a 
railway connection to Natchitoches, 
which made the Normal School 
accessible to students from throughout 

Caspari died in 1915. Caspari Hall 
and Caspari Street, which runs through 
NSU's campus, are named for him. 


Jimmy D. Long of Natchitoches and the 
ate Sen. Leopold Caspari, formerly of 
Natchitoches, have been selected as 
the 2004 recipients of the President's 
Distinguished Service Award at 
Northwestern State University. 




* r^ 

Great-grandson Kerlin Sutton accepted 
the President's Distinguished Service 
Award on behalf of Caspari. ^^^ 

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Class Notes/Profiles 


BR moran 

It all started with what 
Ken Moran thought just 
might be a crazy dream and 
sheer determination, but 
Moran now knows that 
chasing dreams can lead to successful businesses. 

After graduating from Northwestern, Moran could not find 
his heart in any of the available jobs, and while looking in the 
local newspaper for work, the idea of recycling old newspa- 
pers came to mind. From there came the idea to recycle card- 
board boxes. 

"It was a lucky break, but I worked hard and it grew from 
there," said Moran. 

His paper recycling business now covers all of Louisiana 
and Mississippi, and portions of Alabama, Tennessee, Arkan- 
sas and Texas. He expanded from newspapers to include all 
types of paper, even cardboard boxes. Recycling Services Inc.'s 
largest customer is Wal-Mart, whose account they have had 
for 23 years. 

Moran, a 1963 graduate in business administration, owns 
Recycling Services, Inc., which is actually five companies that 
also include RSI Mills, Ken Moran Trucking Co., Inc., Pac-Mor 
Manufacturing and Mid-State Construction Company. Each in- 
dividual business drives the others, making the entire opera- 
tion self-sufficient. He employs more than 180 people. 

What is his business philosophy? 

"Time heals everything from broken hearts to bad busi- 
ness deals," Moran said. 

Moran treats his employees like family, doling out hugs 
and handshakes everyday. 

"I try to find and hire the best, pay as much as I can and 
let them manage," Moran said. "Give your employees respon- 
sibility, but don't put so much on them that they can't handle it." 

Moran has recently 
added to his collection of busi- 
nesses by buying the Cowboy 
Town complex just north of Al- 
exandria. He is in the process 
of deciding how best to use his 
new facility. 

Moran, a Natchitoches 
native, said he was influenced 
by Northwestern all of his life. 

"When you are in atmo- 
spheres like Natchitoches you 
can learn a lot. The college 
made a great impression on 
my life and played a major part 
in shaping my mind." 

Moran is a former Demon 
basketball player and gener- 
ously donates to the NSU Ath- 
letic Association. 


Dorothy D. DeLoache 
Barnard is retired and 
lives in Shreveport. 


Antoinette "Toni" 
Provenzano Pertuit is 
retired and lives in 
Harrisburg, NC. 


Mifanwy Brister Hart is 
a retired teacher, 
married and lives in 
Lake Charles. 


Howard E. Monk is 
retired, married and 
lives in Leesville. 

Doris Marie Richard 
Roberts is retired, 
married to Thurman 
Alvin "T.A." Roberts 
('62) and lives in 

Patrick Vidrine is a 
retired instrumental 
music teacher and is 
working part-time for 
the City of Patterson 
Fire Department 

Thurman Alvin "T.A." 
Roberts is retired, 
married to Doris 
Richard Roberts ('62) 
and lives in Grayson. 


Eleanor Ann Lee Alford 
is an assistant 
superintendent for 
Bossier Parish School 
Board, married and 
lives in Benton. 


Thomas Collier 
Williams is Vice 
Chancellor for Finance 
and Administration at 
Bossier Parish 
Community College, 
married and lives in 


Steven M. Haynie is a 
professor of kinesiol- 
ogy at The College of 
William & Mary, 
married and lives in 
Williamsburg, Va. 


Anne Cifreo Landry is 
the director/owner of 
Ascension Prep 
School, married and 
lives in Prairieville. 

Dr. Bonnie Blu Williams 
is an associate 
professor at Mississippi 
College and lives in 
Clinton, Miss. 

Wanda M. Chicola 
Ozier is the regional 
vice president for 
Volunteers of America 
North Louisiana and 
lives in Pineville. 


Mary Elizabeth 
Huntington Meyers is a 
registered nurse, . 
married and lives in 


Melissa M. Muse 
Trammell is employed 
by Winn Parish School 
Board as a special 
education supervisor 
and lives in Campti. 

Ila Fay Ahearn is a 
registered staff nurse 
at Kaiser Foundation 
Hospital and lives in 
Hercules, Calif. 


Barbara Gayle 
Hubbard McGill is the 
director/compliance for 
the Louisiana State 
Board of Nursing and 
lives in Metairie. 


Larry Lambert is a 
senior vice president 
and general manager 
of the west coast 
operations for Kumon 
Math and Reading. He 
is married and lives in 
Huntington Beach, Calif. 

Dr. Kerry Hill is a 
teacher at Zachary 
High School and lives 
in Jackson. 


William Trusty is 
employed by the 
department of defense 
at the Iowa Army 
Ammunition Plant as a 
manager of demilitari- 
zation receiving 
inspection. He is 
married and lives in 
Mediapolis, Iowa. 


Jack Conwin is a 
purchasing manager 
for Lippert Compo- 
nents and lives in 
Wakarusa, Ind. 

Dana Renee English 
Thigpen is a child 
welfare specialist III at 
Desoto Parish O.C.S. 
married and lives in 


Chris John Soileau is a 
health teacher at 
Walker High School, 
married and lives in 
Denham Springs. 


Jacqueline Reed 
Horton is an early 
childhood adult literacy 
state coordinator at 
Louisiana Technical 
College, married and 
lives in Natchitoches. 


Sara Lanell Peace 
Ebarb is employed by 
Caddo Parish School 
Board as an elemen- 
tary school director, 
married and lives in 


Chirre Kraatz Keckler 
is a forest biologist at 
Carson National 
Forest, married and 
lives in Quest, N.M. 


Laura Nevling is a 
senior staff accountant 
for Urban Retail Properties 
and lives in Lisle, III. 

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Gina Cannon Birdsong 
is employed by the 
Red River Parish 
School Board as a 
social worker, married 
and lives in Coushatta. 


Stephen Kirk is a 
manufacturing tech for 
Procter & Gamble 
Company, married and 
lives in Alexandria. 

Susan Brumfield 
Gibson is a family and 
consumer science 
teacher at Norman 
Junior High School in 
Crossett, Ark. 


Peter Radicello is the 
president of Lava 
Communications and 
lives in Dallas, Texas. 


Julie Roy Longlois is 
an agent for Farm 
Bureau Insurance, 
married and lives in 

Lisa Williams Deen is a 
business teacher and 
technology assistant at 
Sacred Heart High 
School and lives in 
Ville Platte. 


Andre James Simon is 
the director of music at 
First Baptist Church, 
married and lives in 
Nacogdoches, Texas. 

Dr. Kelly Paulk Ray is a 
psychologist at Drusilla 
Clinic and also co- 
authored a workbook 
published by New 
Harbinger Publications 
entitled "Helping Your 
Angry Child." He lives 
in Baton Rouge. 


Maria Elena Rachal 
Theriot is a program 
specialist for 
Volunteers of America, 
married and lives in 

Anne A. Giffin is 
employed by Calcasieu 
Parish School Board 
as a kindergarten 
teacher and lives in 

Glen Fox is currently 
serving on active duty 
in the Army National 

Valerie Ann Chesne 
Lambing is a non- 
categorical pre-school 
teacher for Rapides 
Parish School Board, 
married and lives in 

Melissa Louviere 
Domingue is a stay at 
home mom, marned 
and lives in 


Stephen Smith is the 
rehab director and 
occupational therapist 
at Daybreak Therapy 
Service, married and 
lives in Commerce, 

Debi Cost is an 
account manager for 
Pro Pacific Corp 
Creative Merchandis- 
ing and lives in 
Manhattan Beach, Calif. 

Robin Dawn Laprarie 
Griffin is a seventh 
grade teacher at Tioga 
Junior High School, 
married and lives in 


Jennifer Diane Webb 
Bridgewater is a title 
one math teacher at 
Spring Meadows 
Elementary in San 
Antonio, married and 
lives in Schertz, Texas. 

Michael Shane Miller is 
an environmental 
scientist for the 
Louisiana Department 
of Environmental 
Quality, married to 
Elizabeth Dawn Miller 
('98) and lives in 


Dawn McCarroll is an 
accounts receivable 
administrator for 
Associated Office 
Systems and lives in 

Megan Michelle Hill 
Kitchin is currently a 
student, married and 
lives in Dublin, Ohio. 


Antoinette Rochelle 
Bell Fisher is a 
customer service 
representative for 
Federal Express, 
married and lives in 
Missouri City, Texas. 

Carson Thomas is an 
account executive for 
Countrywide Home 
Loans, married and 
lives in Frisco, Texas. 

Synthia Michelle Doaks 
is employed at Robert 
W. Baird & Co., Inc. as 
a mutual fund trader 
and lives in Milwaukee, 

Daryl Laine Coleman is 
an area manager for 
Medtronic Xomed and 
lives in Shreveport. 

Dr. Andrew Hebert is a 
postdoctoral research 
scientist at the 
University of Hawaii, 
married and lives in 
Honolulu, Hawaii. 


Kelley Henderson is an 
assistant athletic 
trainer at the University 
of West Florida and 
lives in Pensacola, Fla. 

Eric Jason Delaune is 
a database administra- 
tor at Tulane University, 
married to Susan 
Bramlett ('98) and lives 
in Slidell. 

Shante Jones Lacour 
is an accountant at 
Ikon Office Solutions, 
married and lives in 
Spring, Texas. 

Greg Romero is a 
graduate assistant at 
the University of Texas 
at Austin. He was 
awarded the James A. 
Michener Fellowship 
and the Jean 
McKenzie Scholarship 
in playwriting. He lives 
in Austin, Texas. 

Kenneth LeBaron is a 
project manager for 
Dresser Flow Solutions 
and lives in Pineville. 


Ryan Dugas is a 
marketing coordinator 
for Gentry Group, 
married to Emma 
Federwisch Dugas 
('00) and lives in 
Dallas, Texas. 

Leigh Anne Price- 
Harrison is a software 
engineer for SAIC 
(Science Applications 
International Corp) and 
lives in Ashburn,Va. 

Stacey Frederick is a 
program manager for 
Volunteers of America 
and lives in Winnfield. 

Emma Federwisch 
Dugas is a client 
development team 
leader for Viscern 
Ketchum Fundraising 
Consulting Firm, 
married to Ryan Dugas 
('00) and lives in 
Dallas, Texas. 

Yonna Shawnine Frost 
Pasch is the assistant 
director of greek life at 
NSU, married to Alan 
Pasch ('01) and lives in 

Paton Caroline Perry is 
a real estate agent for 
Oakwood Baton Rouge 
La. Property Manage- 
ment and lives in 


Danielle Mitchell is a 
coordinator for 
Daktronics, Inc. and 
lives in Houston, Texas. 

Jack Givens is a 
workforce administrator 
for Cox Communica- 
tions and lives in Baton 

Alicia Christine Urven 
is an assistant to a 
psychologist III, 
married and lives in 

Jamie DeAnna Murray 
McGowan is a sales 
representative for 
Yellow Book USA, 
married to Joseph 
McGowan ('01) and 
lives in Ripley, Tenn. 

Joseph McGowan is a 
refuge manager for the 
United States Fish and 
Wildlife Service, 
married to Jamie 
DeAnna Murray 
McGowan ('01) and 
lives in Ripley, Tenn. 

Megan Nicole Black 
Prosser is a stay-at- 
home mom, married 
and lives in Aspen, 


Tessia Norris Price is 
an account executive 
for Clear Channel 
Radio and lives in 

Lon Ann Miller works in 
public relations for 
Gates McVey and lives 
in Bonita Springs, Fla. 


Joseph Rawley is a 
news producer for 
KPLC-TV and lives in 
Lake Charles. 

Kira J. Gervais Mares 
is a purchasing and 
marketing coordinator 
for Imperial Trading 
Company, married to 
Dustin Mares ('04) and 
lives in Kenner. 

Russell C. Easley is 
employed at M.H. 
Easley & Associates 
LLC as a staff 
accountant, married 
and lives in Woodworth. 

Farrah Michae 
Lasyone is an 
accounting supervisor 
at Harrah's Louisiana 
Downs and lives in 
Bossier City. 

Martina Christa 
Schneider Burkett is an 
accountant for Alliance 
of Professionals & 
Consultants, Inc. and 
lives in Raleigh, N.C. 

Christopher Wayne 
Choate is an 
investment representa- 
tive for Edward Jones 
Investments, married 
to Rebecca Kay Kaiser 
Choate ('03) and lives 
in Greenwell Springs. 

Dustin L. Matthews is a 
loan officer for First 
Federal Mortgage and 
lives in Alexandria. 

Shea Marette Ladoux 
is a clinical research 
coordinator for Lake 
Charies Medical and 
Surgical Clinic and 
lives in Sulphur. 

Rebecca Kay Kaiser 
Choate is a manager at 
Mervyns Department 
Store, married to 
Christopher Choate 
('03) and lives in 
Greenwell Springs 


Mandi Johnson is a 
library specialist at 
NSU Watson Library 
and lives in Natchitoches. 

In Memary 

Ida Ragan Weldon, 
September 12. 2003 

"40 Wilma LeGrende Gait, 
October 17. 2003 

"41 Parker Wiggins, 
October 3 2004 

'47 Margie Seegers, 
December 20 2003 

'48 Gerald Watkins, 
July 13 2004 

'48 Virginia Winn 
Watkins, July 28, 2004 

'54 Pat Todd, 
November 7, 2004 



Alumni Columns Winter 2004 / 15 

Alumni News 

Alumnus Williamson & WillStaff 
Worldwide partner with NSU Alumni 

Wayne Williamson, 


president of 


Worldwide, recently 

met with NSU 

President Dr. 

Randy Webb and 

Director of Alumni 

and Development, 

Dr. Chris Maggio to 

discuss a proposal 

to raise money for 

the Alumni Association. Williamson has agreed to 

donate a percentage of the company's sales to 

the Northwestern State University Alumni 

Association based on the use by companies 

where Northwestern State University Alumni are 

in a position of choosing a staffing service. 

"I am pleased that we are able to make the most 
of this opportunity," says Williamson. 
"Universities like Northwestern are vital to their 
communities, the economy and future job growth 
throughout the state. We are proud to support 
them however possible." 

WillStaff Worldwide is a regional staffing firm that 
specializes in providing national and local career 
placement, temporary, temp-to-hire and on-site 
staffing services throughout the country. In 
business since 1968, WillStaff currently has 47 
offices in 13 states including two national search 
offices in Monroe, Louisiana. 

Dr. Maggio noted, "Endeavors such as these are 
vital to the success of Northwestern's first ever 
major fund raising campaign." 

The donations will be based on new business 
generated after September 1 , 2004. The proposal 
applies to the use of any of WillStaffs services 
and the donations will be made in the name of the 
client company or Northwestern alumnus. The 
program will be tested in the Shreveport, 
Louisiana, market first to ensure that all tracking 
and crediting procedures are in place before the 
program is rolled out in other markets. 

Williamson graduated from Northwestern in 1961. 
He later earned his MBA from Pepperdine 
University. The founder of WillStaff Worldwide, 
Williamson currently serves as president of the 
company. Williamson was a finalist for the 
Louisiana/Mississippi Entrepreneur of the Year 
Award in 2000 and won the Blue Chip Enterprise 
Award in 2000. 


Nothing says "school spirit" around Northwestern State 
University than "Vic" the Demon, the school's mascot. However, 
Vic hasn't been around as long as NSU. He was brought about in 
1922, thanks to President V. L. Roy's and Coach Lee Prather's 
determination to build the then Normal's spirit for its athletic 

The decision to use a demon was determined by a contest 
among college students. A $10 prize encouraged a response so 
great, that the original selection committee decided to have the 
students vote. The final choice was a demon, which won over the 
other selection of "braves." 

Our mascot's name, "Vic", short for victory, did not come 
about until 1984. The athletic department held a contest, and 
awarded NSU alumnus Ray Carney ('67 & '69) with an all- 
expense paid trip to the State Fair Game. 

The Demon taken from the 1924 Potpourri 

Vic, the Demon, today 

Guess Who? 

Can you guess the names of these 1975-76 
SUGB officers? If so, please contact the 
Office of Alumni Affairs at (318) 357-4414 
or (888) 799-6486. The first five people to 
call with the corect answers will win a prize! 

Winner's for the Fall 
2004 Alumni Columns 
Looking Back 

Section— Wayne Van: 

Congratulations to the 
following people who 
guessed that Wayne 
Van was the football 
player in the Fall 
"Guess Who?" Contest. 

Charles James 
Bossier City 

Perry Anderson— '85 

Rodney Fulton— '91 

Marion Harrison 

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updates are vital to making the system work. The information from this form is also used for entries in the 
"Class Notes" section. Please make a copy of this page and give it to any NSU graduate who may not be on our 
list. We can't keep in touch with you if we can't find you! Thank you. 



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If you would like information from Admissions, Financial Aid or the NSU Athletic Association, 
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Natchitoches, LA 71497 
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(318) 357-5251 

NSU Professor artisan of Natchitoches Christmas Festival Poster 

A design by artist Michael Yankowski, professor of art, has been chosen for 
the 25"" commemorative Natchitoches Christmas Festival poster. The poster, 
entitled "Cane River Carolers," is a whimsical depiction of Christmas in Natchitoches 
with some widely recognized local characters. 

Yankowski's work is already familiar to those who collect Festival posters. 
He designed the highly popular 1993 Christmas Festival poster entitled "Twilight 
Visitor," that depicts an image of Santa Claus visiting Natchitoches. 

The City of Natchitoches has set up several new light 
displays on the riverbank this year, including this trib- 
ute to Northwestern. 

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Natchitoches, LA 71497-0002 

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As of November, more than $14.2 million has been 
raised toward the $18.84 million For a Brighter To- 
morrow Capital Campaign Goal. For more informa- 
tion, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement 
at (318) 357-4414 or (888) 799-6486. 

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